December 1 - February 2, 2019
“Earthly Bodies: The Houston Brick Archive highlights a large collection of bricks salvaged from sites around Houston over the past 2 and a half years by artist Alexander Squier. The bricks are studied from various angles, their origins traced, and their qualities explored. They are treated as invaluable ruins, processed in a way that is scientific but also impulsive; walking a line between curiosity and fetishism. Engaging in “archaeological theater”, Squier presents a multifaceted research project that combines sculpture, maps, and other documents focusing on their physical qualities and histories; an investigative video reverts the bricks back into terrain, and visitors may make their own rubbings of selected bricks. The almost obsessive approach to the bricks creates an exaggerated sense of their significance, even romanticizes them. By mapping their origins, and movements to become part of Houston, the bricks serve as a metaphor for change and for people, their migrations, and the diverse fabric of the world.”
Opening: December 1, 2018 | 7–9 pm
Artist talk: January 19, 2019 | 2–3 pm
6700 Harrisburg Blvd.
Houston, 77001 TXGet directions